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Mirabelle Brut Sparkling 

North Coast, California

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$22-$25 Retail

With hand-harvested fruit sourced from the cooler areas of California's northern coast — Carneros, Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast — this pinot noir-and-chardonnay blend from Schramsberg has an appealing youthful character. The wine is fermented in separate lots followed by bottle fermentation with two years aging en tirage (in contact with the lees, or deposits that give Champagne a yeasty flavor). In the glass, tiny bubbles offer aromas of yeasty baked brioche, hazelnuts, apple pie and lemon curd. On the palate, taste citrus and cream notes, red berries, pear and minerality on the balanced finish. Drink it as an aperitif or with oysters on the half shell, sushi, pate, crabmeat ravigote, shrimp mousse, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and other festive fare. Buy it at: Cork & Bottle, Vieux Carre Wine & Spirits and Dorignac's. Drink it at: Irene's Cuisine, Boucherie and Brigtsen's.


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